Starring Peter Sellers

Starring Peter Sellers

6 Episodes

Comic chameleon Peter Sellers famously claimed to have no personality of his own. Instead, he saw himself as the medium through which his characters, which include some of the most memorable in all of twentieth-century cinema, were brought to life. Having pioneered a distinctly British brand of absurdist humor on the influential radio program “The Goon Show,” Sellers brought his peerless gifts for mimicry and physical transformation to the screen with standout turns in classics like THE LADYKILLERS and I’M ALL RIGHT JACK. It was Stanley Kubrick, however, who fully unleashed the actor’s potential, giving him a virtuoso showcase in the provocative Nabokov adaptation LOLITA. Sellers set the template for a new kind of comic star—one who was as celebrated for his quick wit and improvisatory genius as he was for his actorly range and technical sophistication.

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Starring Peter Sellers
  • Starring Peter Sellers Teaser

    Episode 1

  • Let’s Go Crazy

    Episode 2

    Directed by Alan Cullimore • 1951 • United Kingdom
    Starring Peter Sellers

    Opportunistically produced to use up paid-for studio time booked for another short film (PENNY POINTS TO PARADISE), this musical comedy featurette was shot in Brighton over the course of one week. Set in a nightclub, it co...

  • The Ladykillers

    Episode 3

    Directed by Alexander Mackendrick • 1955 • United Kingdom
    Starring Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom

    This classic caper comedy is one of the finest examples of the distinctly English brand of macabre humor that flourished at Britain’s celebrated Ealing Studios. Alec Guinness stars as the ...

  • I’m All Right Jack

    Episode 4

    Directed by John Boulting • 1959 • United Kingdom
    Starring Ian Carmichael, Peter Sellers, Terry-Thomas

    One of a string of incisive social satires made by British filmmaking duo the Boulting brothers is a smartly caustic look at issues of corporate corruption and trade unionism in 1950s England. ...

  • The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film

    Episode 5

    Directed by Richard Lester • 1959 • United Kingdom

    This film, directed by Richard Lester, was shot over two Sundays in 1959 for a cost of about seventy pounds. Nominated for an Oscar for best live-action short, it features Lester, Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Graham Stark, and Bruce Lacey.

  • Mr. Topaze

    Episode 6

    Directed by Peter Sellers • 1961 • United Kingdom
    Starring Peter Sellers, Nadia Gray, Herbert Lom

    Albert Topaze (Peter Sellers), a poor but proud French schoolmaster, loses his job after he refuses to alter the failing grades of one of his students. Seizing the opportunity to exploit his honesty...